CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Wobbles As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen in Asia, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely ...

New Zealand GDP Beats Expectations But Dairy Weighs

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's economy continued to expand in the second quarter but the pace of growth slowed as agriculture, forestry and mining output eased. Gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter in the three months ...

China PBOC Cuts 14-Day Repo Rate to 3.50%

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

SHANGHAI--China's central bank cut its 14-day repurchase agreement rate offered Thursday by 20 basis points, guiding market rates lower, after it kept the rate at 3.70% since it resumed offering the 14-day tool late July. "It's the central bank's alternative ...

Sweden Raises Estimate of Second-Quarter Growth

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden bumped up its estimate for second-quarter growth Thursday, saying higher domestic consumption and fixed investments helped the economy to expand more than previously thought. Sweden's statistics agency said gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter, ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Jobless Claims Drop

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures were modestly higher on Thursday, as investors cheered China's efforts to boost economic growth as wells as upbeat jobs data. However, weakness in U.S. housing may ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Choppy As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely watched referendum ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Jobless Claims Drop

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, sending the S&P; 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average above their previous closing highs. Investors cheered China's efforts to boost economic growth, while ...

U.S. Housing Starts Fall in August

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON-U.S. home construction fell last month after surging to a post-recession high in July, a sign of choppy progress in the housing market. Housing starts fell 14.4% in August from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...

Russian Economy Minister Sees Growth Inching Up in Rest of 2014

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russia economy minister expects the country's economy to grow by between 0.1% and 0.2% in the remaining months of 2014. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday Alexei Ulyukayev said Russia's economy added 0.7% in the first ...

U.S. Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise in Latest Week -- Freddie Mac

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Tess Stynes Average fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. rose in the latest week, marking the largest one-week increase this year, according to Freddie Mac (FMCC). Fixed mortgage rates also reached the highest level since the week ended May ...

Press Release: Philadelphia Fed Survey Reports -2-

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Employees 9.1 25.7 69.8 4.5 21.2 24.7 43.6 46.7 4.0 39.6 --------------- --------- -------- ------ -------- --------- --------- -------- ------ -------- --------- Average Employee Workweek 13.3 18.9 66.6 14.5 4.4 17.8 24.4 52.8 15.5 8.9 --------------- --------- -------- ------ -------- ...

Russia Admits Sanctions Are Hurting

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev acknowledged Thursday that Western sanctions against Russia are taking their toll on the country's economy, the starkest admission yet by the country's leadership that the restrictions are hurting. Speaking at a government ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rise; S&P 500, Dow Hit Record

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks extended gains on Thursday, sending the S&P; 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to record intraday high levels, a day after the Federal Reserve decided to remain ...

Slovenia's New Government Wins Confidence Vote

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia--Slovenia's incoming center-left government Thursday won a parliamentary confidence vote, ending a period of political instability in this small eurozone country marred by years of recession, financial problems and corruption scandals. The newly formed party of Miro Cerar, a ...

U.S. Factory Orders-Historical, New Orders -2-

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Jul 04 356,370 1.2 7.5: 298,551 0.7 8.0 : 348,450 1.7 7.7 Jun 04 352,293 1.2 7.6: 296,337 0.6 8.9 : 342,467 0.6 7.5 May 04 348,145 0.1 7.7: 294,695 0.7 9.6 : 340,418 0.4 8.5 Apr 04 347,897 -1.6 ...

Canada, U.S. Sign Deal to Boost Energy Cooperation

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Nirmala Menon OTTAWA--Canada and the U.S. signed an agreement Thursday to boost energy collaboration between the two countries, including sharing technical know-how on improving environmental practices in oil and gas development. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the five-year ...

BOND REPORT: 10-year Treasury Yield Highest Since July

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices retreated Thursday after a round of economic data and an auction of new debt, as investors continued to react to policy signals from the Federal Reserve. The 10-year Treasury note ...

ASX Offers to Buy 49% Stake in Yieldbroker

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Robb M. Stewart MELBOURNE, Australia--Australia's main securities exchange will join a host of banks as an investor in specialist electronic-markets company Yieldbroker, offering to buy a 49% stake for 65 million Australian dollars (US$58 million). ASX Ltd.'s planned shareholding ...

Markets Range-Bound as Scottish Referendum Eyed

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

European shares tentatively tracked gains on Wall Street on Thursday, but all eyes rested on the Scottish referendum, keeping moves in both currency and stock markets range-bound. In early trade, the Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.3%, while Germany's DAX and ...